Jennifer Loomis

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Jennifer Loomis is a fine-art photographer and photojournalist, who is best known for depictions of pregnancy in art through photography.

Early life[edit]

Loomis was born in Connecticut but lived all over the world as a child and young adult. She has resided in Virginia, Indiana, and Kansas, while living internationally in Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Kenya. Before becoming an internationally acclaimed photographer, Loomis was working in Annie Leibovitz's studio. There she witnessed a photo shoot of the pregnant Demi Moore to be featured in Vanity Fair. This photo shoot was an inspiration for Loomis to explore the beauty in the changing bodies of pregnant women.


By 2006, she had photographed over 1000 pregnant women.[1] Loomis compiled photographs to create a book, Portraits of Pregnancy, co-authored by Hugo Kugiya, a journalist. Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, authors of Your Best Birth, claim, “Jennifer Loomis’s evocative and moving portraits of pregnancy are a joy to behold. The images will captivate you and the stories of these women’s diverse journeys to motherhood will touch your heart.”[2]


Loomis and her work as a pregnancy photographer have been featured in TIME Magazine,[3] CBS News,[4] CBS's The Morning Show, The New York Times,[5] The Wall Street Journal,[6] The Los Angeles Times,[7] the Associated Press, Fit Pregnancy, Pregnancy Magazine, NPR, Good Morning America, and Inside Edition, along with other media.[8]


Loomis has had her work included in a variety of exhibitions.[9] In 2004, her photography was included in the exhibition "We are Family: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Parents," at 2223 Restaurant in the Castro District, San Francisco.[10] In 2011, Loomis had her work exhibited in Perugia, Italy in a museum of contemporary art called Palazzo Della Penna.[11]


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  1. "Celebrities make pregnancy seem glamorous". Today. Associated Press. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  2. Review of Portraits of Pregnancy by Ricki Lake and Abby Epsiten, authors of Your Best Birth
  3. Lee-St.John, Jeninne (April 3, 2008). "The Art of the Womb". TIME. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  4. Johnson, Caitlin (July 17, 2007). "Pregnant Women Strike A Pose". CBS News. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  5. Meltzer, Marisa (April 15, 2007). "Baby Album: The Preface". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  6. Stout, Hilary (August 11, 2005). "Letting It All Hang Out: Pregnant Women Pose For a New Type of Family Portrait". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  7. Netburn, Deborah (June 19, 2004). "Pregnant pose". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  8. "SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY". Jennifer Loomis. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  9. "SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS". Jennifer Loomis. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  10. Ford, Dave (July 2, 2004). "Shooting for love in gay family photo exhibits". SFGate. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2011-10-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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